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Old 09-16-2010, 02:17 PM
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Mein Auto: 02 BMW 525i M54 auto 130K
oooooh. Nice. Thanks cn90.

FWIW ... I took college physics years ago too!

So, for newbies ... from memory of college courses ...

Voltage regulator ... regulates the voltage (presumably to ~14 1/2 volts or whatever it's set at).

Rectifier... changes the AC to DC (generally with diodes in a full-wave configuration, maybe wheatstone bridge).

Last edited by bluebee; 09-16-2010 at 04:02 PM. Reason: Edit: Ooops. Switched DC with AC
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